Kaya Scodelario Reveals That She, Too, is the Victim of Sexual Harassment
Alyssa Milano started the #MeToo campaign over the weekend in order to “give people a sense of the magnitude” of people who have been victims of sexual harassment or assault. Many celebrities joined in to share their own stories, including Kaya Scodelario, who opened up about her own experience for the first time in 13 years.
The Maze Runner star tweeted, “It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo. He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me. No more. #MeToo”
The 25-year-old then thanked all the brave people who spoke out previously, as their stories are what gave her the courage to share her own experience.
“I want to thank every single person who has spoken out about sexual assault/harassment recently, she continued. “You’ve given me the courage to finally speak out and not be afraid. To everyone still suffering silently, you never asked for it. NOBODY DOES. I do this for my son. So that he will see one day that we all have a voice. And that this behavior can not be tolerated any longer.
As we mentioned before, many stars, both male and female, have shared their own stories of sexual harassment/assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal. Lili Reinhart is just one actress who spoke up, admitting that a male co-star once tried to take advantage of her while they were on a date.
“This guy proceeded to tell me that it was my fault for leading him on,” she recalled “Saying that ‘I seemed like a sexual girl and that I’d be down for it.’ That I misled him. Days following, he grew angry at the situation and became defensive about it and his actions. Claiming that I was ‘a tease’ and ‘the most manipulative woman he’d ever met.’ His ego was bruised to say the least, because I refused to engage with him sexually that night. He refused to talk to me. I remember begging him to come outside his trailer so we could talk. I needed clarity on the situation. I felt like I had genuinely done something wrong — that maybe I really was being a tease to him and led him to believe that I wanted to be with him sexually.”
It’s time to take a stand and end sexual harassment and assault once and for all.
These 6 female stars also bravely revealed their sexual assault stories online:
Lady Gaga has always been an outspoken figure for female empowerment, and wrote the song "'Til It Happens to You" in support of those who, like her, have been sexually assaulted. She even invited a ton of sexual assault survivors up on stage with her to sing and stand in a united front.
While she has spoken out many times about her experiences, her Instagram post may have been the most poignant candid thing she had revealed. "I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me," the singer captioned a pic of her and ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney after the Oscars.